(SERVICE DOG) Cole Hein, an 11-year-old with an undiagnosed medical condition, is giving thanks to his aging Jack Russell service dog in a special way. Cole created a bucket list for his canine companion’s last few weeks of life. Read on for more about the special bond between these two friends. — Global Animal
Cole and his canine companion Bingo. Photo credit: Bingo Hein Facebook page.

The Huffington Post

A 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier called Bingo has gotten his very own bucket list in the last few weeks of his life.

Bingo was given to the Winnipeg-based Hein family in 2005 by the National Service Dogs to help with 11-year-old Cole’s undiagnosed medical condition, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Cole would suddenly stop breathing and would often require CPR to revive him.

The organization trained Bingo to respond when Cole stopped breathing by barking to notify others.

While Cole can now work through the disorder himself, the dog has helped save the boy’s life several times in the last few years and was even inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010, according to Modern Dog Magazine.

Recently, Bingo was diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion Syndrome, and the Hein family was told that the dog had only weeks to live.

Determined to make Bingo’s last weeks “fun and delicious,” Cole decided he wanted to thank his dog with a ‘lick it list,’ the doggie-version of a bucket list.

“He told me he is making a lick it list so I said ‘oh, a dog’s version of a bucket list’ and he said he didn’t know what that was,” Mandi Hein told the Winnipeg Free Press. 

The family has set up a Facebook page to allow people to send treats for Bingo. “I’ve made a list for her final days on Earth. I want to take her on one last public outing to Ruckers. I want to walk her around the block twice. And I want to get her treats from around the world,” Cole told WPF. Fortunantly, Bingo’s veteranarian bills are covered by a pet insurance policy.

The ‘lick it list’ has been a huge success. “Cole is doing the happy dance. He is teasing Bingo about her new treats coming,” Mandi told the Winnipeg Free Press during a recent interview.

The Bingo Hein Facebook page now has 676 members, with people writing in from Egypt, Singapore, New Zealand, the U.K., Finland, the U.A.E. and Australia.

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